Natalie Portman’s Father’s Debut Novel Is a Fertility Thriller

Dr. Avner Hershlag, Natalie Portman, Shelley Stevens==INTERVIEW, STUART PARR and ALEX & ANI launch NATALIE PORTMAN and CHRISTINE AYLWARD'S "MAKINGOF.COM"==The Marble House, Tribeca NYC==April 24, 2009==? Patrick McMullan==Photo - CLINT SPAULDING/ ==

Natalie Portman's father, fertility specialist Avner Hershlag, is shopping his debut novel around: Misconception, which Hershlag self-published in January 2010, is now "making the rounds of major houses." The book is a thriller that touches on politics, genetics, reproduction, and a little science fiction. It centers on Dr. Anya Krim, a fertility specialist herself, whose patients include the desperate-to-get-pregnant First Lady and a senator's comatose, inexplicably knocked-up daughter. Read an explicit excerpt here that includes a penis-and-testicle-measuring scene in the first few paragraphs. Also, there is dog cloning. Soon-to-be grandfathers write the darndest things. [NYO]